Hunger games...

by - Saturday, March 30, 2013

Words are spoken, spelled, written, played on, divulged. They provide nourishment. Haven't we all eaten our words at one time or another? Figuratively, of course. Or actually...
Here's some food for thought - you can have your book and eat it too this April Fool's Day. How, you may wonder... Well, get creative and join the International Edible Book Festival. What a novel idea!
The brainchild of  Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron, the first event took place in 2000 after contacting colleagues and friends via the Internet. Despite their distances, everyone assembled to enjoy an ingestion of culture in Books2Eat. It has since become an annual sensation of book lovers around the world, young and old. Libraries host culinary collaborations, book clubs boast bestseller flavor, and literary minds can think alike while feasting on their favorite fiction.


Blending our attachment to food with our scholastic culture, everyone is invited to share this global banquet. Befittingly, the date was originally selected to coincide with the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût (The Physiology of Taste), a witty meditation on food and how we are what we eat. A perfect read for the foodie.

The Hunger Games pie; a licorice-laced graham cracker book; Nancy Drew.

From the Books2Eat website, participants are asked to follow just three rules:
1) The event must be held on April 1st (or close to that date).
2) All edible books must be "bookish" through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form.
3) Organizations or individual participants should send a link to their photo album or upload pictures on the official  Facebook page and see to it that the event is immortalized. This way, all can share the fun because a picture really is worth a thousand words...

Dragon Song by Anne McCaffrey is prepared in a puffy crisp golden crust.
Open to a page in Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a confection creation or a fresh interpretation.
Look at this version of Where the Wild Things Are. It is just too pretty to eat!
Alice in Wonderland is jumping out of the page ready for a plate!
Tastes are personified. Let me grab a book... and a plate. Let the hunger games begin! xoxo-Sonya

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